Ecological Monitoring Technician

Great Basin Institute
Reno, NV
Job Category
Temporary/Seasonal Positions
$18-20/hour depending on experience
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
GBI is recruiting Ecological Monitoring Soils and Vegetation Technicians to work with GBI and BLM staff. Each technician will work with one other technician under the supervision of a Field Lead to characterize vegetation using the terrestrial AIM core methods. In some instances, Habitat Assessment Framework (HAF), and/or other supplemental protocols will be performed, for which training will be provided. Aside from core AIM sampling, any supplemental protocols implemented will vary by location. Duties include following established field protocols to perform vegetation sampling and field data collection at new and existing sampling plots. Data will be used by resource specialists and land managers to inform decisions regarding land management at various temporal and spatial scales. During field work, car camping for 7 night “hitches” in remote locations will typically be required. Depending on performance and completion of work term this position can qualify for Public Lands Corps (PLC) status given that the applicant is 30 years old or younger at the time of GBI employment. This certificate allows for non-competitive status for future federal job applications and will last two years from the end of GBI employment. Field work will include: • Maintaining safety awareness and practices; • Extensive 4x4 driving on unmaintained roads; • Navigating off-trail to sampling sites; • Establishing sampling plots and transects; • Identifying and describing soil horizons to help verify ecological site descriptions (ESDs); • Collecting vegetation data (including species inventory, forb diversity, species abundance, sagebrush shape, foliar cover, canopy gap, and herbaceous and woody heights); • Taking photo-points. Additional duties include: • Regular communication with GBI support staff and agency staff; • Participation in GBI and agency trainings; • Entering data into both Field Maps and Survey 123 software; • Identifying plants to species using dichotomous keys; and • Employing extensive QA/QC data checks. Contract Timeline: Locations and timelines listed below are tentative, some with potential for extension. Crews will be based out of either the Las Vegas or Reno GBI Offices but work in the following BLM Field Office (FO’s) areas: California: Bishop Project: • Season Length: Approximately 5 months, starting in early April; • Bishop District Office; • 3-person vegetation and soils monitoring crews. Nevada: Nevada Statewide Project: • Season Length: Approximately 6 months, starting in early April; • Carson City, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Elko and Ely District offices; • 3-person vegetation and soils monitoring crews. ESR Fire Impact Monitoring Project: • Season Length, Approximately 5 months starting in early April; • Winnemucca, Elko, and Ely district offices; • 3-person vegetation monitoring crew with ~33% of points requiring soil sampling.
• Experience, education, or a combination of both in botany and/or range management to meet the following(Crew Leads should have education and experience with plants identification): • Bachelor’s degree in botany, biology, ecology, or rangeland ecology or other natural resources. • At least 9 semester hours in plant or biological sciences. AND/OR • Bachelor’s degree in plant or soil science or similar with at least 9 semester hours in soils or a minimum of 1 year of field data collection describing soils. Any of the 4 certifications from the Soil Science Society of America may substitute for education or experience.
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Katharine Lynch
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